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Quorn Business and Industry

Up until the mid nineteen century most industry in the village was cottage based, primarily frame-work knitting. During the 1820s two hosiery factories were established and by the middle of the century Quorn had a sock and glove manufacturer (Websters) and a twist lace, silk net and cotton tatting factory (Balms), located where the Church Rooms are now. Wrights Mill, elastic webbing manufacturers, arrived in the village in 1860. By 1911 Wrights employed over 30% of the working population of Quorn and they are still present in the village today.

In addition to the factories, this section also contains information about the quarry, the railway and shops, all of which had an impact on village life.


 Thomas Cradock of Quorn Court  Thomas Cradock of Quorn Court
Thomas Cradock was born in Loughborough in 1795. He married Mary Octavia Grover (known as ...... cont.
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 Thomas Lucas, jeweller, Quorn - Watch paper  Thomas Lucas, jeweller, Quorn - Watch paper
Watch papers were round papers, placed between the inner and outer case of a pocket ...... cont.
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 Video - Tom Long haymaking in his meadow, 1960s  Video - Tom Long haymaking in his meadow, 1960s
This converted cine film shows Tom Long making hay in his meadow in the early 1960s. The ...... cont.
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 Blacksmiths shop, Meeting Street, Quorn, 1935  Blacksmiths shop, Meeting Street, Quorn, 1935
On Saturday 17th August 1935, The Illustrated Leicester Chronicle published this ...... cont.
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 Home Farm and the Pepper Family  Home Farm and the Pepper Family
Life in Quorn was very different in the 1900s, with many more farms in the village. One ...... cont.
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 Ploughing prize, 1848, William Sarson, Quorn  Ploughing prize, 1848, William Sarson, Quorn
The wording on this impressive tankard says: 1st PRIZE for Ploughing Presented by ...... cont.
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 Jackie Mann  Quorn farmer, Soar Road, early 1900s  Jackie Mann Quorn farmer, Soar Road, early 1900s
John Mann, or Jackie as he was known, was born in Barrow upon Soar in 1854. On 12th ...... cont.
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 Charles Tomblin  killed near Quorn Station, September 1936  Charles Tomblin killed near Quorn Station, September 1936
Charles Tomblin was born in Barrowden in Rutland on 14th April 1871, one of five ...... cont.
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 C. A. Taylor, Tobacconist, Quorn  C. A. Taylor, Tobacconist, Quorn
This letterhead and business card was kindly given to Quorn Village Online Museum in ...... cont.
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 Lloyd Eric Tomlyn, 1928 to 2016  Memories of Quorn  Lloyd Eric Tomlyn, 1928 to 2016 Memories of Quorn
Lloyd Eric Tomlyn was born in Mountsorrel in 1928, the son of Eric Dudley Ernest Tomlyn ...... cont.
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 Harvest at Home Farm, Quorn, early 1900s  Harvest at Home Farm, Quorn, early 1900s
Thomas Pepper was born in 1883 in Long Whatton. He was married twice and had six children ...... cont.
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 Quorn Laundry buildings  Quorn Laundry buildings
Quorn Laundry was based on Barrow Road, where Quorndon Terrace is today. This photograph ...... cont.
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 Quorn Hygienic Laundry basket  Quorn Hygienic Laundry basket
This Quorn laundry basket (or hamper) was used by the Pagets from Nanpantan Hall in ...... cont.
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 Masterbuilder construction set, made in Quorn 1940s  Masterbuilder construction set, made in Quorn 1940s
This is definitely one of the more unusual Quorn artefacts that has come to ...... cont.
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 Aerial view of Wright's factory and surrounding area - approx 1952  Aerial view of Wright's factory and surrounding area - approx 1952
This aerial photograph was taken in the early 1950s, as evidenced by the size of the lime ...... cont.
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 Postcard  Mountsorrel Quarry 1909  Postcard Mountsorrel Quarry 1909
This postcard raises many questions! It may be asked how a Mountsorrel Quarry postcard ...... cont.
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 WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons  WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons
This advert appeared regularly in the Tatler between 1917 and 1919. It is advertising ...... cont.
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 Quorn cigarette tin, early 1900s  Quorn cigarette tin, early 1900s
This Quorn cigarette tin is very well worn and we think is a very rare find. Underneath ...... cont.
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 Quorn meat substitute and our village  a connection or not?  Quorn meat substitute and our village a connection or not?
One question that people often ask is whether there is a connection between the name of ...... cont.
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 Church Room fundraising fete, June 1929  Church Room fundraising fete, June 1929
In 1922 a committee was formed to raise funds for the building of a Church Room. Several ...... cont.
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 Insurance plaques, Quorn  Insurance plaques, Quorn
Beginning in the 18th century, insurance fire plaques were attached high up on buildings, ...... cont.
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 Bus on Leicester Road, Quorn, 1910  Bus on Leicester Road, Quorn, 1910
This fantastic photograph was taken on the east side of Leicester Road in 1910. The house ...... cont.
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 Two buses at Quorn Cross, 1930  Two buses at Quorn Cross, 1930
A very interesting street scene showing Quorn Cross in about 1930. Whilst the quality of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Factory, weaving room 1923/24  Wright's Factory, weaving room 1923/24
One of the elastic weaving rooms at Wright's factory, Quorn in 1923 or 1924. The ...... cont.
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 Tommy Allen 1911 to 1996  Tommy Allen 1911 to 1996
Thomas William Allen was born on 30th April 1911 at 46 Meeting Street and lived in Quorn ...... cont.
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Total: 292 artefacts returned over 12 pages


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